Autumn Term 2023
Design & Technology
Our topic this term is based around ‘Mechanisms’. First, we explored a range of objects to find out how they moved. Then we discovered how to make linkages using split pins to make the pivot points. Then after testing these out we set about designing our sea creatures and thinking how it will move. In addition, we learned about winders and sliders to add to our ‘Under the Sea Aquariums’. We were lucky enough to have our parents or grandparents come in and help us make our amazing aquariums, it was lots of fun.
This term we have been busy carrying out fieldwork in our local environment and thinking about our value this term ‘Responsibility’. Initially we carried out a survey to find out what litter was spoiling our local area and kept a tally of the types of rubbish found. We then decided to create some posters to try to persuade people to be more responsible. Next, we wrote a letter to the local council to ask if we could borrow some grabbers, so we could safely go litter picking. We were quite surprised at some of the items we collected! We weighed our bags when we had completed our activity one was 1,300g this was non-recyclable, and the other recyclables was 900g. We are proud that we have helped be responsible for our local area.
Our School trip to the Sea Life Centre
This term we were lucky enough to enjoy a day exploring and discovering a whole host of wonderful sea creatures. We were particularly fascinated by the Gentoo penguins, stingrays, the unusual jellyfish, gigantic Green turtles and seahorses. We got to touch a starfish and walk through a tunnel that made us feel like we were actually in the ocean. What a fantastic day we had!
This term our topic has been ‘From the Oceans to the Moon’ we have started in the oceans and our core texts in English have been the wonderful books by author Benjie Davies-The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter and the non-fiction text The Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies. We have written diary entries, Acrostic Storm and Whale poems, non-chronological reports on Humpback whales plus our chosen creature from our incredible trip to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, and created story maps to help us write our own stories. Take a look at some of our amazing writing.